by James Sherlock Quintet

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Southwallis a brilliant collection of new works and standards recorded by The James Sherlock Quintet.

The concept for Southwall came to James Sherlock whilst he and Mark Spencer were playing together in Sam Keevers’ 14-piece Los Cabrones. Sherlock wanted to put together a guitar / baritone / Hammond combo performing in the vein of the early George Benson recordings that retained its modern edge.

The line up and material Sherlock assembled ensured that Southwall is no revivalist recording. The foundation of the Quintet is the tight knit team of James Sherlock (guitar), Howard Cairns (bass) and Tony Floyd (drums) - The James Sherlock Trio.

The Trio have played together since 1995 (CD debut for Jazzhead in 1999), and there is no substituting the high level of communication that they have developed over this time. On the Hammond is Ben Grayson who brings not only his great talent but a rare humility and wit. Finally add to this the fat, fat sounds of Spencer’s Baritone steeped in a legacy created by legends such as Ronnie Cuber and you have The James Sherlock Quintet.

Southwall cements its currency with the majority of the compositions
originating from within the Quintet. Standards such as Rogers and Hart’s
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewilderedand Kirk and Weston’s Berkshire Bluesare among the originals. These are tempered by new works from Sherlock, Spencer, Cairns and Grayson. Many of Sherlock’s pieces were composed whilst he, and wife Lee, were on an extended break from the Melbourne music scene travelling Australia’s east coast in an old Bedford bus. This choice of material confirmed that whilst Southwall may have its roots in Benson stylings, the CD is very much current and original.

Southwall is a quirky blend of bebop and groove contrasting with soulful and sensitive ballads.


released August 1, 2001

James Sherlock - Guitar
Mark Spencer - Baritone Saxophone
Ben Grayson - Hammond Organ
Howard Cairns - Double Bass
Tony Floyd - Drums

Recorded and mixed by Robin Mai at Woodstock Studio, Melbourne.
Mastered by Joe Camilleri & Robin Mai at Woodstock Studio, Melbourne.

Produced by Joe Camilleri & The James Sherlock Trio.

Cover illustration by Jeff Raglus.
CD Design by Pete Barrett.

Thanks again to Howard and Tony for this chapter in our ongoing saga.
Also, thanks to Ben & Mark for adding their unique voices.
For inspiration, thanks to South Wall, South Straddie, Broken Head, Boomerang Beach and the 1961 Bedford Buss (engineered by Andrew Topham - thank you).
Thanks to Jeff Raglus for his painting and coastal hospitality.
Love always to my wife, Lee.
Thank you, Joe Camilleri and Andrew Walker at Jazzhead and Robin Mai for the sound.

Tony Floyd plays Sleishman Drums.



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James Sherlock Melbourne, Australia

James began playing classical guitar at age 7. He attended the QLD Conservatorium of Music, studying classical guitar and graduated in 1992. James was the winner of the Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award (1997) and was nominated for the Freedman Fellowship in 2005.

Involved in various projects continuously with other musicians, James works alongside Kristin Berardi in their dynamic duo.
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